Ok, this issue took me a second read to really like. I think my biggest issue is that it opens with Deadpool being back on Madripoor with Rulk (as seen in the preview pages), but without any context it seems very jarring when last we saw him he was shot in the head when he and Elektra attempted to gain entry to General Awa's palace.
Rulk reveals to Deadpool that he has Stern, but asks if he opened an enigmatic green cargo crate next to the one Stern is in. When Deadpool says no, Rulk says he figured 'she' would have opened it for him. We get a brief glimpse of this 'she' in the shadows of the cargo crate, and I suppose we are to assume it's Mercy.
It's after this little segment that we get the recap page (which should have been at the very beginning, imo), and it's here that we the real, if truncated story: Deadpool was left behind when he was shot, and so after Awa's men made off with Elektra he returned to Rulk.
Along with revealing Stern, Rulk reveals that there is something that Stern knows that he needs, and that he's juicing him up on some gamma cocktail that is also apparently keeping him dumb. Deadpool remarks that when Frank finds out, he'll put a whole in Stern's head. Rulk replies that when that happens, he'll deal with Frank. They load up Stern and head off back to Kata Jaya.
On Kata Jaya, we get the random scene of Frank instructing some rebels to gun down a chained up monkey, but none of them do so until he releases it and it attacks the rebels. Since this was apparently the last stage of their unseen training montage, they are all set to ambush a weapons depot. They succeed, though one of the rebels is killed and another is injured. There is a great moment here where Flash is driving the truck up to the compound and the guard asks to see his credentials; Flash proceeds to tell him that he's got his papers right here...and then proceeds to produce papers. Not LOL worthy, but it was entertaining and slightly unexpected, as I thought he'd let the symbiote take over and start wreaking havoc right there.
As Rulk, Deadpool, and Sterns meet up with Flash and Frank, Rulk reveals that Elektra's capture was part of the plan and that the info he needs from Sterns regards his brother. We jump to Elektra for a afew panels, who is talking to someone off panel insisting that if Elektra truly knew what she was up against, she wouldn't have signed on. He also proceeds to tell her that her role as a trojan horse was incredibly obvious, and as we finally get to see him in all of his hulked out glory, insists that she call him Madman (aka Philip Sterns, the Leader's brother). This scene gives me just a bit of an old Bond vibe as he calls her Ms. Natchios. I fully expected his next words to be along the lines of "Ms. Natchios...I expect you to die!"
We jump back to the rest of the team, with Deadpool calming Flash down as he realizes who Sterns is. In the process a gunshot goes off, and everyone turns to look to Frank, who has indeed put a bullet in Sterns' head.
The issue ends here, and I think we're going to get quite a bit of action in the next couple of issues.
The art continues to grow on me, and I really am going to miss Dillon on this title. I've just come to really appreciate his style, and imo he's made the style and tone of this book very distinctive.
All in all I would still give this issue a middling score; I still don't feel like its quite got its legs underneath it.